Underrepresented Representatives – diverse truths for an inclusive future

Ms Pei Ting Tham1
1Freelance, Alexandra, Australia


PT will be celebrating her 10th year anniversary as an outdoor educator, with 7 of those years spent in Australia. Even though the outdoor industry is generally a positive and egalitarian one, she still encountered various challenges in her career as a non-white, foreign born, female. She will attempt to dissect some of these experiences through the lenses of race, culture, gender and intersectionality. PT hopes to share insights that will be relevant for both field operators and employers in order to navigate an Australia that is undergoing rapid social and demographic changes.


PT is a Chinese Malaysian who grew up in Kuala Lumpur. She came to Australia in 2009 to complete a Cert IV in Outdoor Recreation. She has since worked for various organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, USA and Malaysia. She also holds a Bachelor of Psychology. She has spent most of her time leading or coordinating programs, but she is most passionate about teaching and training new outdoor leaders.

About OEA and Outdoors NSW

Outdoor Education Australia (OEA)  was established in 2006 as a national network of outdoor education associations. The organisation facilitates communication between state and territory outdoor education associations about the practice and delivery of outdoor education; advocates for outdoor education across primary, secondary and tertiary education; and provides policy advice.

Outdoors NSW is the go-to place for all things outdoors in NSW.

The peak body for the outdoors in NSW, the organisation, (formerly known as ORIC), represents the outdoor community, advances outdoor standards, safety and practices, and fosters greater participation in the outdoors.

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